Iceland – To do in Akureyri
Not sure if this is completely legal, but it is an absolute delight find a very safe area to pull over to pet the horses. The Icelandic horses are majestic furry beings that withstand the freezing winds throughout the day. I nearly screamed with joy when we stopped to visit a few Icelandic horses. They are furry and adorable up close as they are far away. They do like to nibble and unsure if vegan snacks would be appropriate, we erred on the safe side and did not feed them anything. So precious, my heart exploded!
If you do not yet have gorgeous waterfall fatigue, I highly recommend visiting Goðafoss, which is another 45 minute drive out of Akureyri. We hit Goðafoss at sunset, when the sky turned pink and purple. The falls themselves are absolutely stunning, plus while we were there, we only saw about 7 other people – a feat compared to the dozens of people at the sites along the south coast.
Although we didn’t make it to Myvatn, I imagine it would be delightful to warm up after a day of exploring and petting horses. Check out my blog post about lagooning in winter for my thoughts about the Blue Lagoon, Secret Lagoon, and other hot spring type experiences.
Take the opportunity of being so far north to get an Airbnb a bit out of town for some quality views of the Northern Lights. Check out my Aurora Huntress post for tips. We saw the Aurora Borealis from a distance, while we stayed near Akureyri. A picture of our unique accommodations (and best host ever!) is at the top of this post.
Another item that we were unable to do during our short visit to Akureyri is skiing. I researched and found out that Akureyri is one of the best locations to go skiing in the country. Not necessarily a great location for challenging double or triple black diamond runs, I think it would be a unique experience to ski without many trees – just imagine how much you could see!! And great snow, of course.
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Also a contender for the best-designed event venue is the Hof Cultural and Conference Center. Be sure to check the listings to see if something peaks your interest. It is located right on the water of the bay, its location is as well thought out as its design.
Since you’re going to have a long day outside or have been outside for a while, slow down and enjoy a cup of coffee at a coffee shop in town. We tried to go to the Botanic Garden, but it was not open in winter (still a beautiful building) and instead visited Te & Kaffi right downtown. This was a pleasant surprise of locals – teenage girls studying for class, a family with two little girls drinking hot chocolate with whipped cream, and two older gentlemen reading the newspaper.
What other things did I miss in the north during winter?